‘Little by Little’ Chelsea FanCast #1110

Stamford Chidge & Jonathan Kydd are joined by Marco Worrall to look back at a great Chelsea performance against Man City.

In part one we applaud a great Chelsea performance, redolent of Chelsea v Barcelona from days gone by; tactically disciplined, counter attacking brilliantly and defending like demons. Did this young team come of age on Saturday?

Massive shout outs to the defence - Disasi a rock; Colwill assured; Gusto superb; Chilly back to his best; should this be the defence going forward? Can or should Gusto keep James out when he's fit? The midfield were superb; Moises was tenacious and did well not to get a 2nd yellow; Enzo was here, there and every fucking where; Gallagher was imperious and snuffed out Rodri. In attack Palmer was ice cold as per; fair play to Sterling with a great goal and Jackson with a great assist and good work all match.

In part two we ask are we better as a counterattack team, getting the ball forward quickly, mixed with long balls makes us more threatening but it doesn’t work against low block teams? But we still struggle to finish and need a striker. Nkunku was poor when he came on, struggling to adjust to the pace of the game, perhaps not match sharp but he didn’t help with the defence.

Chelsea fought like a team and it looks like a bond and understanding is growing. The fight and spirit was good to see and is something to build on. But did Poch do the right thing - should we have gone for the win? 5 at the back made sense as City were getting round the back. Jackson and Palmer on yellow cards was perhaps an issue, but was it negative or sensible?

When all is said and done, Poch got the tactics and selection right while Pep is salty and still bald. Does this performance give us hope if not expectation against Liverpool next weekend? Most thought we’d get hammered v City so this performance should give us confidence.   

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